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Best villages/areas to stay around Lake Annecy?

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zeebee · 18/02/2020 09:03

While it’s probably a bit late to book for this summer, could I please ask for your recommendations for the best villages or areas to stay or avoid around Lake Annecy?

The wish list is to not to drive loads while there (apart from occasional day trips) so not miles from the lake, ideally walking distance to a boulangerie, not too built up, near to places where we can hire paddle boards etc and some restaurants. We don’t camp and a couple of the DC would love a pool. Thank you!

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Daffodil101 · 18/02/2020 09:17

Probably not a huge help but we stayed there several years ago and I would honestly stay in Annecy itself. Bearing in mind it was September, but lots of the places around the lake were too quiet for us and although we didn’t intend to drive, we had to in the end.

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magimedi · 18/02/2020 09:27

Talloires, on the lake, is lovely & has everything you'd want, but I suspect it would be ££££!

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Ricekrispie22 · 18/02/2020 14:15

La Ravoire has a good pool complex - both an indoor and an outdoor pool, and some decent with water slides. There’s a cycle path that runs at the rear of the campsite which takes you to Annecy (17km) or you can ride the other way to do the famous Col De La Forclaz route (the park has bike rental). There is also a games room with a pool table, table football and video games.
There’s a small restaurant/bar serving basics like pizzas, lasagne, chips, burgers and nuggets as well as some regional dishes. You can eat in the bar on the terrace or you can take away. There’s a Boulangerie just up the road.
Doussard is just over 2 miles away and has a supermarket. From there you can catch the ferry, which travels around the lake stopping at various towns and villages.
The campsite has a free daily shuttle to La Sambuy where there’s a summer toboggan, off-road pedal go-karts, trampolining and tubby jumping, and at the top of the chair you get the most amazing view of Mont Blanc and Lake Annecy. There’s a watersports centre only about 1km from the park (with older dc you could walk to it) and a Go Ape style centre a little further afield.

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zeebee · 18/02/2020 16:44

Thank you!
Might persuade them to go in a mobile home but with 6 of us it’s a bit of a squash on wet days....

Ricekrispie22 La Ravoire seems to be full but there may be availability at Les Fontaines which it says is 2 mins walk away. Can you recall if that’s so? If so location for activities etc looks fab.

Some apartments etc are £££. There’s a few on Annecy Vieux, does anyone know what that’s like?

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Ricekrispie22 · 18/02/2020 18:17

We never went to Les Fontaines but some people who were staying there got bike hire from La Ravoire so it must be quite close!

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Standrewsschool · 18/02/2020 18:24

We went to Lake Annecy last year and loved it, and am considering going back this year.

For the pool, you have the lake itself. There are lots of ‘green beaches’ dotted around the lake. Ie. Grassy areas where you can picnic and go swimming. Some parts of the lake are stoney underfoot, so you may need water shoes (forgotten their name).

There’s plenty of water sport companies hiring out paddle boards etc.

If you feel brave, you can go parascending.

There’s lots of restaurants around the lake.

Annecy is lovely to walk around.

Day trips for us included Chamonix and Geneva.

Have a fab time!

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foxandhounds · 18/02/2020 18:26

We have been to la ravoire a few times, its a great location. Never went to Les Fontaine's but I know it's pretty close by - I should think google earth would show this.
Taloires on the other side of the lake is absolutely lovely but will be more expensive and the cycle path isn't complete on that side of the lake so if you fancy biking to annecy then the doussard side is better.
Road to annecy can be busy in August so we liked being at the other end of the lake as it quieter and from doussard ( and I think taloires) you can also get the boat to annecy
Taloires has great hire place for pedaloes, canoes, sup etc but they can also be hired from the top of the lake where there is a beach but for us this was too busy and a bit tacky.
From the doussard end it's easy to get into the alps via Albertville - we have day tripped to Italy from there.

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Lunar567 · 18/02/2020 22:27

We have been to lake Annecy twice and loved it. Both time we stayed in Residence le Birdie in Giez . It is apartments near a golf course, very close to the lake but not expensive. Would love to go there again.

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zeebee · 20/02/2020 09:17

That’s lots to look at, thank you. Our DC are 9-18 and we like a mix of lazing around and a bit of activity.
La Sambuy looks fab.

Standewsschool are you able to say where you stayed please?
Lunar567 that looks amazing value, though I can’t quite work out the bedroom configuration! It’s probably a bit further out than we'd like but might be the best compromise on price. Great facilities.

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CherryPavlova · 20/02/2020 09:34

We stayed in Annecy itself to give good choice of restaurants etc in walking distance. We cycled to other places around the lake. There is a lovely hotel on the Lakefront that was brilliant with children - the Imperial. Talloires was also nice.

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CherryPavlova · 20/02/2020 09:35

We stayed in Annecy itself to give good choice of restaurants etc in walking distance. We cycled to other places around the lake. There is a lovely hotel on the Lakefront that was brilliant with children - the Imperial. Talloires was also nice. We didn’t even take a car. We went by Eurostar and TGV, which was reasonably priced and felt like pa

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Standrewsschool · 20/02/2020 16:47

where we stayed

We stayed here, which is deceptively not in the village of Montmin, but is located in a hamlet of houses. It’s a nice, spacious, place, apart from could have done with a shower, and only has a bath. Also, you have to drive to get to the shops, but there’s some supermarkets in nearby villages.

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